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Justice on the Jersey Shore: How Ermon K. Jones Ignited Change and Won by Dr. Geneva Jones Williams


Justice on the Jersey Shore: How Ermon K. Jones Ignited Change and Won by Dr. Geneva Jones Williams
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Justice on the Jersey Shore: How Ermon K. Jones Ignited Change and Won demonstrates the power of inspired leadership-how an ordinary person can use his or her personal influence to transform reality. In this riveting, true story of how a spiritual, soft-spoken basketball star became a fearless advocate for the oppressed and powerless in his community, a decades-old battle for social change gains new relevance.

Ermon K. Jones’ two college degrees, sports fame, charisma and good looks meant nothing when he was denied the right to apply for a job and buy a new house in his own hometown. How he fought back against a segregated society, outdated thinking and even hate crimes made a lasting difference for his family and for the lives of countless others.

Dr. Geneva Jones Williams, an expert on influential leadership, uses interviews with her heroic father, her own recollections and the historic record to share lessons from the past that can help resolve the worst conflicts and divisions of our time.

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Dr. Geneva Jones Williams Is A Powerful Change Agent.

She is a spark that ignites change and positively impacts communities, classrooms and corporations. She is cited among the Top 100 women influencers or “game changers” in Detroit that get things done in the community through collaboration – using her oft-called-upon confident communication skills, to the tune of over $100 million dollars raised.

A defining moment came when, as a teenager, her family received hate mail and had crosses on her family’s front lawn saying “get out” of their home in New Jersey. Inspired by her father’s tireless role as courageous civil rights leader, leadership became an emphasis of Dr. Geneva’s [Williams] career.

Dr. Geneva Jones Williams Speaks At Educational Institutions, Major Corporations, Non-Profit Organizations, And Small Businesses Nationwide.
Well known for her celebrated career as a non-profit leader and trail-blazer, she became the first female executive vice president of the United Way in southeastern Michigan. Always up ready to roll up her sleeve for a challenge, she became the founding president of City Connect, Detroit’s first public/private philanthropic organization to secure national funding for community problems. Dr. Geneva blazed trails also as the first female president and chief executive officer of United Community Services and has also launched many organizations that help people and make a difference for others.

Seeing her dad in action shaped her view about what you’re expected to do in life: overcome the tough times, raise up, train and ignite leaders to make impact in urban communities and leave a legacy of greatness for generations to come.


Her Mission Is To Encourage Civic Leaders And Every Citizen To Get Involved And Take Risks In Ways That Really Make A Difference In The Lives Of Others.
Dr. Geneva is gifted in inspiring others. As a practitioner and scholar in public-private collaboration, her main strength, however, is in using collaboration to lead change and solve community problems.

Through her director’s role with Figure Skating in Detroit, she has forged a partnership with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and links Detroit girls with valuable community leadership and resources.


Dr. Williams Walks Her Talk. She Is Deeply Involved In Many Organizations Making A Difference
Whether it’s revolutionizing the way an organization does business, or inspiring individuals to lead with greater purpose, Dr. Geneva is committed to stimulating big thinking, while facilitating and delivering the tools needed to ignite unimaginable success.

Her career has lauded many awards for her work for including Bank of America’s Local Hero award; Ford Motor Company’s Heritage Award; and the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leadership Award. She is among Detroit’s 100 Most Influential Women identified by Crain’s Detroit Business.

As a master leadership strategist, she works with GenX women entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives to provide proven strategies to be more influential at work, home, and in their community. She helps startups develop and mentors GenXers and Millennials to succeed in their careers and explore possibilities beyond the corporate world.

Dr. Williams walks her talk. She is deeply involved in many organizations making a difference including serving leadership and consultant roles for organizations including Western Michigan University, Detroit Public Schools, First Independence Bank, Kresge Foundation, The Links, Inc., and the NAACP.

It’s clear she was called to stand up, stand out—and lead!  She has engaged public and private partners in fundraising programs that brought more than $100 million in national and local money to Detroit’s youth, urban neighborhoods and working poor.

Her passion for facilitating exciting and life changing conversations that spark solutions to issues in the community, has led her to host the IGNITE 2 Impact podcast syndicated through iTunes. Her topics include her 4 Cs: communication, community, confidence and collaboration, and “getting and keeping it together” for today’s busy GenX and Millennial women.

With an innate gift of bringing together all kinds of working to establish an ‘all hands on deck’ strategy, she pushes the envelope to spark success of programs in the community. Currently Dr. Geneva is traveling the world facilitating workshops, speaking on panels and at conferences. Her focus is on community development and coalition building.


She Is The Leader’s Leader Encouraging Others To “Get Their Leadership On” To Learn Luminary Leadership Lessons And Make An Impact For Greater Purpose.
“My father’s example gave me a strong belief in reciprocity: that those who have received much in life should be willing to give back, and should do so with enthusiasm. Ultimately, the giver gets as many or more benefits than the receiver,” said Dr. Geneva Williams.

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Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir  by Audrey and Larry Jones, MD

Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir  by Audrey and Larry Jones, MD


The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond. 

A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD.

Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.

“We were struggling to make it and created codependency and unhealthy enabling habits. What we did, and what we didn’t do, to help our sons  didn’t work, many times. The behaviors simply continued and morphed. If we had it to do all over again, we would have done things better and differently. We feel that other parents, by walking with us through our journey, will gain strength and courage to move from frustration to stabilizing behaviors and living resiliently.”
Audrey and Larry Jones, authors, Falling Through the Ceiling


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Paperback: 200 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692099883
ISBN-13: 978-0692099889
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches



About Audrey R. Jones & Larry A. Jones, MD

Married over 46 years, Audrey and Larry Jones are parents, grandparents, and fun-loving mates who enjoy each other’s company, civic, volunteer and cultural activities and frequent traveling. They had a whirlwind spring romance in 1970 as college students, married in late summer of 1972, and in four years had three sons, one right after the other.

As expensive, dangerous behaviors continued to be repeated, they sought help from teachers and therapists regarding their children. During his adolescence, each child was diagnosed with ADHD, just as hyperactive disorder was becoming a recognized clinical condition. For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician Larry did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an illness, which took its toll on her health and led to a permanent disability. Her gift of recovery included an opportunity for Larry and Audrey to seriously reflect on their sons’ actions, starts and misfires as young adults pursuing college educations and meaningful employment as they all lived with the challenges of ADHD. Rather than just writing about the road to recovery, Audrey and Larry chose to tell their whole story, with the intent of helping other families acknowledge and address behaviors that can adversely affect couples and families.

Message from the Authors
For us Falling Through the Ceiling is a blend of love, humor and real-life irony. We make sense of the nonsensical by shedding light on our challenges of living with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Our stories are examples of the things that can happen when ADHD runs rampant and untreated for parent and three sons. That is what defines the universality of our stories. We fell into the same trap as many other parents, thinking that Drew, Jay, and Rob were just lazy and willfully not completing assignments in school. Parenting is probably the most humbling experience of your life. Few of us are trained in parenting and we encounter events in our children’s lives, which should lead us to professional counselors and therapists. Our darling children can throw us off kilter because they really do the darndest things.

We were struggling to make it and created codependency and unhealthy enabling habits. What we did, and what we didn’t do, to help our sons didn’t work, many times. The behaviors simply continued and morphed. If we had it to do all over again, we would have done things better and differently. Hopefully our stories will give other parents relief, support, courage and solutions.

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Black Pearls Magazine Intimate Conversation with Audrey and Larry Jones, MD

Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business.

She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons. At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips. At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.


Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD.

For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis.

Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.


BPM: As doctors and parents, how has that influenced your writing?
AUDREY: We had difficulty understanding my husband, the doctor’s, behaviors and the learning and attention struggles that he had in medical school, residency, and working in his own practice. He was still in denial even after our sons were diagnosed with various types of ADHD. But Larry did not receive a final diagnosis and begin treatment until my psychologist recommended testing.

We started thinking seriously about how our stories would help other parents and affected adults understand what ADHD looked like and the path to unlocking their talents and gifts. I wanted to share this story because both Larry and I thought we could help parents like the ones in his practice who were silently suffering from the effects of ADHD in their families.

LARRY: The clash of parent vs. physician is a major struggle that other professionals will have as parents as well. In work situations you have control, over your life, but as a parent you have much less control and you are faced with situations that are challenging and filled with emotion and doubt about whether you are doing the right thing. My objective was to write as a parent while using my clinical background to provide depth and understanding.


BPM: Tell us about your new book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
LARRY: We want parents to understand that they are not alone and that there is help available, and how to find that appropriate help.

AUDREY: We want our readers to: Recognize defiant, daring behavior leading to failures, including sexual acting out, running away from home and inviting danger.  Find the resources necessary to support your children in growing through ADHD to unlock their exceptional personal gifts. Get out of the way of progress to do everything to make your family whole and healthy, even admitting when you’re wrong. Nurture their children to become independent adults with clear and realistic goals, along with the solid approaches to achieving them.


BPM: Give us insight into your primary message.
AUDREY & LARRY: Falling Through the Ceiling: Our ADHD Family Memoir is a book about the challenges encountered by both parents and children as they cope with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We provide our accounts in a parent-to-parent view of the obstacles in raising children with ADHD.
We want to inspire parents and adults living with ADHD symptoms to stabilize frustrating behaviors which allows the gifts of the ADHD brain to emerge and flourish.


BPM: How do you find or make time to write?
AUDREY: We worked with a writing coach and editor because of my impairment from my illness. It has truly taken a village to bring the project together.

LARRY: Working full-time, I could only write evenings and weekends. Many of the stories required lengthy discussions to recall all of the details of the events. Audrey and I had the discussions during walks and driving trips.


BPM: How much research went into sculpting this story?
AUDREY: Since our sons were diagnosed, I have sought answers from educators, therapists, other mental health professionals, and all types of counselors. I tried to read books that I really didn’t understand. I began reading articles online during my recovery because of our grandchildren.

LARRY: I was able to draw on my experiences treating families with gifted ADHD children.


BPM: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write?
AUDREY: My favorite chapters to write was “Falling Through the Ceiling” because for the first time our son shared his personal recollection of trials controlling his behavior. I told the story as an example of why parents needed to see God’s grace in parenting. When he literally fell through the ceiling from the attic to our home office, he just called it a painful lesson that changed his perception of the consequences of his behavior.
LARRY: My favorite chapter is the “Samurai Swordsmen”. It was through this trauma that we discovered the strength of the bond between our two youngest sons. The two were always squabbling about something and never seemed to be friends. Rob protected Jay from getting into trouble for cutting him. Then after the surgery Jay made himself available to help Rob in any way that he could to express his love for his brother.

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My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One by Glenn W. Powell

My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One: A Journey of Sacrifice, Service, Family, and Friendship by Glenn W. Powell

Sergeant Glenn W. Powell’s MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is the story of a most unlikely young man who leaves his working-class environment of Toledo, Ohio, to become a soldier. Seeking excitement and a way to “make something of himself,” Glenn Powell’s journey exceeds his wildest dreams—a journey that began in basic training in Fort Hood, Texas ends at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue—the most important address in the world.

MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is about so much more than Glenn Powell’s military journey, but about poignant memories of family, friendships, sacrifices, and love—central to his story is Ronda Holloway, the beautiful young woman he falls in love with in Manheim, Germany, and, who joins him on his life journey as wife, soulmate and mother to their two sons.

MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL offers readers a glimpse into Sergeant Glenn Powell’s 30-year transformation from the much-beloved boy who seeks more in life…to the man, who discovers it—in adventure, in friendships, and in service to three American presidents. a service he delivered with pride, unquestioned loyalty, distinction and in the end, great admiration.

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Black Pearls Magazine Conversation with Sergeant First Class (SFC) Glenn W. Powell 


Sergeant First Class Glenn W. Powell (Retired), is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted into the United States Army in 1982, and retired in 2002. During his military career, he served as a heavy vehicle driver, a squad leader, and non-commissioned officer.

In September, 1991, SFC Powell joined the George HW Bush White House as a chauffeur, and in 1992, was promoted to transportation coordinator for the white house Press Corps, serving in the Clinton Administration. In December 1995, he assumed the duties of transportation supervisor for Air Force One. In January, 2001, during his service under President George W. Bush, SFC Powell was transferred to the White House Military Office, Customer Support and Organizational Development where he served as deputy director.

SFC Powell retired with distinction from the Military in 2014. He received numerous awards and decorations throughout his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the United States Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He received U.S. Service Ribbons for both domestic and overseas service. Glenn and Ronda Holloway Powell have been married for 25 years, and have three sons, Darius, Warren, and Glenn, II. They reside in Virginia.

BPM: How does a man go from basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey to a prestigious career at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as a Deputy Director in the White House Military Office?
ANSWER: The journey wasn’t easy but it all boiled down to hard work, dedication, and individuals seeing your potential for success.

BPM: Entering the military at an early age can be challenging for some young people. What was your experience like and looking back would you do this all over again?
ANSWER: At first that experience was very hard. It was my first time being away from home and being in an environment that I couldn’t control. It forced me to grow up quickly and provided the additional resources and discipline that I needed to become a man. Without question, I would do it all over again.

BPM: Tell us about your new book, MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: A Journey of Sacrifice, Service, Family, and Friendship.
ANSWER: The book is about my personal journey from being a teenage father in Toledo, OH. Making the hard decision to leave my son in order to provide for him. Serving my country that I hold in high regards. Finding love and building a family. Constantly leaving my family to fulfill my military obligations while serving the Office of the President, and establishing lifelong friendships.

BPM: What was it like to be in service to three American presidents?
ANSWER: It was one of the greatest honors that an individual in the military can aspire to have. It isn’t the norm for a military person to be able to serve three Presidents, due to the fact that we relocate after four years on that assignment.

BPM: Being aboard Air Force One had to be amazing! What is one of the most beautiful places you visited?
ANSWER: The first place was South Africa, where I was afforded the opportunity to go on safari, but more importantly to tour Robin Island during President Clinton’s visit, and have the pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela. The other place was China, and being able to walk the Great Wall of China, and standing in Tiananmen Square.

BPM: What was your most interesting chapter to write in your book MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL?
ANSWER: For me, the most interesting chapter to write was Chapter 15, Second Chances. Writing this chapter allowed me to be vulnerable with how I felt during 911 and multiple health issues that I had faced.

BPM: Were there ever times you wished you could share your story with the world before writing the book?
ANSWER: Yes, there were, but because I’m such a private person and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my story.

BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
ANSWER: I have been writing my story my whole life. Keeping notes in my head internally. I just never knew that I was a writer. It wasn’t until my cancer diagnosis, that I decided it was time to put the thoughts and feelings to paper.

BPM: How has writing MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL impacted your life?
ANSWER: It has allowed me to be more open with regards to my personal life. It has allowed me to share the upbringing that has made me what I am today.

BPM: What advice or bit of wisdom would you share with the young man leaving home for the first time seeking adventure?
ANSWER: I would say, try not to be afraid but open for opportunities that came your way. Your destiny has been pre-determined, so follow your heart.

BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
ANSWER: I would view writing as an outlet, as everyone has many views on spiritual practice and I don’t want to offend anyone with my views.

BPM: What was one of the most surprising things you learned from this project?
ANSWER: The one thing that was most surprising, was finding out my family history. Everyone isn’t always able to trace their family origins.

BPM: Share one specific point in your past that is resonating with your present situation or journey.
ANSWER: To always treat others the way that you want to be treated.

BPM: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
ANSWER: It is both energizing and exhausting. It energizes me by allowing my creative juices to flow. It is exhausting because you really don’t know just how much work goes into bringing a project to life.

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BPM Interview with Author/Poet ME

ME was raised in the dirty South: the inner-city neighborhood of Liberty City in Miami, Florida. He considers himself a classic old-school gangsta, a hustler, and a scholar. He is also a Vietnam-era veteran.

ME wrote and illustrated a comic strip book in the seventh grade, and in college, he penned articles for the newspaper of the University of the District of Columbia. But it was not until he spent time in a maximum-security federal prison that he had the time to focus on polishing his writing skills. Like a diamond formed in the wall of a volcano due to prolonged, intense heat, he gradually transformed into a poetic prophet of truth and love—a poetic Picasso from the hood.


ME is the pen name of the author. ME represents the Mirrored Mankind of existing as human beings. The author identifies himself, to the reader as ME, a paradox to those who ask about the author’s identity. So, ME is a shrewd alter ego of you woman. A reflection of the imperfections ME be’s in you, you be’s in…who ME, Yeah you. ME places the reader in his space, his fate, his yai eye. He writes for all who doesn’t exist as ME. Who can only be but a mystical reflection of humanity’s Spirit Jewel. ME.

BPM: Tell us about your new book. What topics are discussed?
My book, FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels introduces an innovative, creative writing style of Poetic Intellectual Art. It incorporates a mix of profound insight and spiritual wonders of Love, Life and Relationships.

FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels has a central subject matter of Love is forging upon the FOUR ways we experience Life: Mind, Spirit, Body and Soul. Spirit Jewels manifest as creative masterpieces of poetry, prose, short stories, and plenty of game! And yes, it will be available on Amazon Kindle in May, 2018.


BPM: What was your hardest section to write, the opening or closing?
Neither. It was in the middle. The short parable story: “Sleeping Beauty (Based on a True Story).” ME was challenged on how he could effectively reach and awaken our ‘Baby Girl‘ Spirit Jewels of society. Sweethearts, lost in a deep sleep… within the dark side of Love and Life. Caught up in a asshole’s destiny… of dumb shitz. What’s the answer? How can Sleeping Beauty be awakened?


BPM: Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the subject matter guide your writing?
Both, ME writes to deliver to readers what they Need and Want. Readers want to ‘Connect’ with material they can relate to. The deeper the better. The subject matter does this and much more. It’s Got Game! A raw creative edge steeped in truth. Just what Readers need.


BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
No, there is no subject ME wouldn’t write about because everything under the sun has a story. ME knows that the truth speaks for itself. As a writer, he simply shines a spotlight on IT.


BPM: Is there a certain type of scenario that’s harder for you to write than others?
Oh no. As a Spiritual Gangsta who is a writer, the rawness of his ‘connection’ to whatever it is…ME expresses in its purity. It’s all game.


BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
It was destiny. ME was born as a writer. Bred to be a writer. Compelled and driven by humanity’s malignant genocidal ignorance of the truth… to write. Any way, ME began writing in Jr. High with a comic strip book. And with some newspaper articles here and there. ME embarked on a destiny of writing when he was incarcerated in 1980, bank robbery. “Spirit Jewels” is now those crushed fermented wines laid before you.


BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
One: The sheer joy and challenge in such Creative Force of Impulse.
Two: The sheer POWER from ME “Ability” to connect humanity’s mind, spirit, body, and soul.


BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Uhmm. When your book is entitled FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels, such writings must personify a Spiritual Reality. So, when you’re a Spiritual Gangsta, writing is a Spirit Jeweled Reality.


BPM: What was the most surprising things you learned from this project?
On the business side, I saw how cynical people are. On the personal side, how cynical people are in NOT telling ME how they really feel about ‘Our Book.’ They simply refuse to reveal their true feelings about how deep it is to them…Soul personal.


BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonates with your journey.
CROWN JEWEL: *Oprah*In the book of Spirit Jewels, the summit of our “Inner (Soul) Chapter” on Love there is ‘ME’ Crown Jewel, Oprah. Baby Girl embodies ME celestial alter ego, his Aquarian Sista in this Age of Aquarius. She IS the Crown Jewel of ME super egoed journey.


BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state of mind that you find inspirational?
Yes, the ‘Geometric Grid‘ of knowledge with mind, squared with the raw body of what matters and unparalleled feelings soul deep… that it generates a Spirit Fire of empowering inspirational insights and visionary wisdom.


BPM: Does writing energize or you?
Based on the geometric principles ME outlined on his inspirational states above, it’s logical to conclude that writing energizes and empowers ME. There is no other way it could be.


BPM: What are the top three things that make you feel happy and fulfilled?
1. The Power and Majik of God and feeling aware and connected with such Godness… Mind, Spirit, Body, and Soul. There is no greater ‘High.’
2. The Power and Majik of Love. Since God is Love, such empowerment of Oneness, connecting and joining with Life and what matters is majikal.
3. You Woman. Your essence and presence is a divine gateway to our immortality, our destiny… to our rawest ecstasy. ME greatest inspirations.


BPM: What make you forget about the world around you?
Only God and the Universe’s cosmic wonders can make ME forget the world around ME. ME get ‘Hope-Fully’ pro/found in such GRAND-NESS.


BPM: What strengths did you use to achieve two major goals in Life?
1. The positive development and application of positive energy forces.
2. Focus of Vision.
3. Perseverance.
These strengths helped ME achieve: The goal of being a writer and completing our book – FOR YOU WOMAN: Spirit Jewels. And the goal of being a ‘consummate’ businessman, first and foremost, as an independent self publisher.


BPM: What other projects are you working on at the present?
Re-Drafting the outline for my next book, ‘For Everything, There’s A Time.’ A novel that has a mix of everything in it. Action, adventure, mystery, fantasy, science, spiritual and historical romance… as it transcends time.

Re-Structuring a scientific thesis ME wrote on METAPHYSICS. The alter ego to his Spirit Jeweled work of art. Metaphysics is the highest science of all. What can be greater than knowing the ‘Nature of Reality and Existence.” Such knowledge must be based on the Logical Propositions of Absolute Reality…you know as God.


BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
The author, ME, is based on his website/blog: Created designed for the customers to explore his book, life and works. And as a ‘Gateway’ connection to the Best of You thru ME!

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Our Time to Rise Up By Raye Mitchell

Our Time to Rise Up By Raye Mitchell

The Urgent Need to Reconfigure Leadership Platforms for Black Women and Girls

Make no mistake. Young Black women and girls are under siege. We are being silenced and we are losing generational connections, intra generational connectivity, and our visibility. The gender uprising that is calling for more women in leadership and access to the c-suite is not about increasing the number of Black women or women of color in leadership. The fight for gender equality is not about us. We are supplemental to the conversation and perspectives at best and left out of core leadership decisions for the most part.


About the Author
Dr. Raye Mitchell is an award winning humanitarian passionate about supporting women and girls. She is a Harvard Law School and University of Southern California graduate who commits her time, energy and creativity to public speaking on women and girl as global leaders. She is a published author and entertainment producer. Dr. Raye Mitchell is a real-life “fixer”, and innovation expert who helps people create breakthrough impacts. As an inspirational speaker, Dr. Mitchell works with individuals and corporate clients to train and inspire women to lead forward as next generation global leaders.

A successful entrepreneur, Dr. Mitchell is now acclaimed as an entertainment producer and social entrepreneur recognized for her contributions in mentoring girls and young women to become global leaders. She is the author of several books, most recently “Invisible No More: Empowering Young Black Women and Girls to Rise-Up as Leaders”, “When They Go Low, We Go High: How Women of Color Master the Art of Persuasion to Win Big Battles”, “How Women Negotiate From a Position of Strength: Protecting Branding and Intellectual Property Rights”, “Obstruction of Justice: Finding Grandma’s Bible”, and “The Laws of the New Game Changers: How to Make Breakthrough Impacts That Take You Forward”.

Dr. Mitchell is developing new entertainment projects and writing her next book on how women and girls can advance themselves, our community and as global leaders.


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Intimate Conversation with Dr. Raye Mitchell

Dr. Raye Mitchell is a social entrepreneur working to change the way change is made.

She is an award winning humanitarian and both a trainer in the field of leadership as a social entrepreneur leadership and a practicing social entrepreneur as the Chief Social Entrepreneur (“CSE”) of The New Reality B-Corp, a California benefits corporation. (“NRB”) a Certified Social Impact Enterprise™, a boutique legal and business firm providing expertise and services for social entrepreneurs and social impact ventures.

Dr. Raye Mitchell is the founder of the New Reality Foundation, Inc., and CEO at the Winning Edge Institute Inc. She is a power and influence expert, attorney, author, speaker and activist. Mitchell is a member of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund network providing legal support for women and girls affected by harassment. Mitchell has received national acclaim for her work mentoring women and girls of color to beat the odds and excel as leaders.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Southern California (USC), the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (B.S.) and the USC Marshall School of Business (MBA). She is a native of Los Angeles, California.


BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
I have considered myself a storyteller and writer all my life in one form or another. In spite of this, a different question is when did I decide to go public with this passion and persistent drive to be a writer of non-fiction and fiction works and why?

As a marketing and branding professional and litigation attorney in the entertainment industry, I was always involved in persuasive writing, storytelling and trying to get others to listen to the stories of my clients. But, several years ago, my inside voice that craved to be a writer succeeded in overtaking my outside voice that consistently focused on perfecting my skills as an entrepreneur, businesswoman, and an attorney. Upon reflection, it is now clear that I had been fully engaged as a creative writer all the time by merging my professional commitment to advocating, justice, and fairness by writing about my experiences with the civil justice system and persuading juries to return justice for my clients in situations of injustice.


BPM: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I have evolved creatively by honing my craft as a writer in multiple sectors by and expanding my creative decision-making zone-which is my way of saying I have permitted myself to write. outside of my comfort zone. I am always yearning to learn how to write better and how to take unique writing skills from one sector and apply to another. It is my way of shaking myself up to find a new perspective on a familiar storyline.


BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Yes. I went public with my creative writing projects in about 2010. I gained my courage when I was so humbled and yet inspired by my humbled encounter with an apparently homeless woman, Margie, I began assembling a collection of words of self-respect and success from notable female role models, past and present and produced an anthology based on quotes to inspire and inform. The story of Margie first appeared in my first significant book entitled, The Evolution of Brilliance: Voices Celebrating the Importance of Women“.

The story of Margie began outside a high-profile restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Margie approached me outside of this very expensive restaurant. For some reason, Margie, who appeared to be homeless, singled me out of a group of at least twenty people. Looking me directly in the eye, she said, “Can you help me?” She was carrying a cup meant to collect loose change. Assuming myself to be polite and assuming she only sought money, I turned to leave and simply said, “Sorry. I cannot help tonight.” I turned to leave. Margie stepped in closer, and the men in my group started to make a protective move, but we all stopped. Margie then said, “Can I ask you something?”

“Yes,” I replied. Without hesitation, she added, “How can you say you cannot help me when you do not know what help I need?”

I stopped, and for the first time that night, I looked into Margie’s eyes and made a personal connection, realizing that she may have just been trying to advance her life utilizing the only tools she had at her disposal. I said, “You know, you are right. What help do you need?” All Margie wanted was prayer and the chance to be counted as a person in this world as she strived to rebuild her life. Even though I was a stranger and she knew nothing about me, I was humbled that she entrusted me with her simple request for help. Margie’s story and my decision to be a published writer thus came to life in 2011.

I turn to my writing to tell stories about experiences and stories that sometimes you just want to share with God because God has no judgment. I want to write stories about our experiences as Black women and girls being judged and how we deal with that burden and opportunity to rise above the judgment.


BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
My writing has helped me be a better person. My quest to shift gears from being a full-time entertainment attorney with my law firm to being a full time humanitarian and writer has not been easy. I thus began translating these challenges, hurdles, setbacks and disappointments into my creative energy to tell the story. I then discovered the personal power of telling the story, no matter how difficult the journey. My writing has transformed my sense of well-being and wellness. My writing has also helped me find another way to merge my passion for helping others, especially women and girls with my technical skills as a writer, storyteller, and even a persuader.

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Affirmed: 365 Days of Positive Thoughts and Actions to Start Your Day by Cheryl Polote-Williamson

Affirmed is a yearlong journey with positive words, thoughts and sayings for each day of this year. God has blessed me with the opportunity to meet and speak to hundreds of people in doing my coaching calls, public speaking engagements and networking events. One of the most common themes that I hear about in coaching and mentoring others is a lack of self-esteem specifically dealing with negative thoughts. I began to pray for the people who told me their stories of poor self-image and lack of confidence. As I prayed, God began to give me positive words to speak to others. He gave me, Affirmed.

Books by Cheryl Polote-Williamson

The Affirmed Tour is coming to your city! Stay tuned more dates and cities to come.  View all of the details for Cheryl Polote Williamson’s #Affirmed Tour Book Signings. See all of her upcoming events:


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STATIONS: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career by Dr. Lynda Mubarak

The current global workforce has changed tremendously during the past decade and your workplace is part of that change. Labor trends, increased use of technology for goods and services, and the reduction of workers at all levels has generated a need to view employment and self-sufficiency in a new light.  If you have children, they will need to be able to work in a 21st century work environment with a diverse workforce, which will entail jobs which are being developed as they enter elementary grades or high school.

STATIONS is the quick resource guide that offers suggestions and time-proven strategies for parents and professionals who interact with children and young adult workers.

STATIONS is a collection of essays that provides food for thought as we make our way through the different situations, events, stages, circumstances and parental decisions that will ultimately affect personal lifestyles  and career options.

STATIONS examines childhood academic and social skills, and addresses the challenging task of teaching children to be healthy and financially sound while preparing them to thrive and survive in a global workforce driven by cutting edge technology and ongoing competition.

STATIONS is concise, amusing, informative and frank in its discussion of life’s everyday circumstances, including social media and proactive workplace practices that affect all of us from childhood through adulthood.

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Ella Curry Featured on Book Look

ELLA CURRY WAS FEATURED ON:  The Book Look,  Season 2, Episode 1, January 2013

The Book Look is back for Season 2 with new authors, celebrities and contributors! In Episode 1, host Monda Webb and contributors Kwame Alexander and Charisse Carney-Nunes cover Nicole Sconiers’ Escape from Beckyville and Walter Mosley’s The Gift of Fire while hearing from Rev. Bernice King on the new book about her mother, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King.

Several emerging authors are put on BLAST (Book Look Author SpotlighT) including Trice Hickman, Stephany Greene and Jaunique Sealey; the AALBC Bestsellers List is presented; and EDC Creations’, Ella Curry is recognized for her ongoing contributions to the world of African American literature.

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of several children’s books including, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is also a literary advocate, and the Executive Producer of The Book Look a webseries airing here on

The Book Look Social:
Join us on The Book Look – your online TV source for celebrating books and events relevant to the African American community.


Whitaker House signs fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

 Whitaker House signs bestselling fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

(New Kensington, Pa.) – In an effort to meet the growing demand for Christian fiction in the African American book market, Whitaker House has signed Essence bestselling author Vanessa Miller to a multi-book deal. Miller, known for her redemptive themes and colorful characters, is releasing Yesterday’s Promise, in April 2010, the first of a three-book series.

 “Vanessa brings with her a reputation not only for excellence as a writer, but also as a woman with strong spiritual roots and a heart to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Whitaker House Vice President Bob Whitaker, Jr.  Miller’s work has received numerous awards, including the Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction and the Mahogany Award for Best Christian Fiction. Her novels with Kensington/Urban Christian and Abingdon Press have appeared on Essence Magazine’s bestsellers’ list.

Miller is also a playwright, motivational speaker, and founding members of the “Anointed Authors on Tour,” seven bestselling authors who travel to various cities in support of literacy and the arts and to encourage aspiring authors. A native ofDayton, Ohio, she graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication.

Yesterday’s Promise is the first book of a series entitled, Second Chance of Love. Whitaker House plans to release the next two books in October 2010 and January 2011. Yesterday’s Promise is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold including Christian Bookstores and on,  and

Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller
FICTION; ISBN: 978-1-60374-207-8

Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks—a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancé.

Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring—and rekindles long suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.

Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?

To learn more about Vanessa Miller, visit her online: For further information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Cathy Hickling,,  800-444-4484.

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SLEEP NO MORE by Felton Perry

“SLEEP NO MORE”  by Felton Perry

A joint production by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Ebony Repertory Theater, the African Marketplace, Inc, and the Inner City Cultural Center

It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with …Inner City Cultural Center and it many contributions, artistically and talent, to the world.

“SLEEP NO MORE” by Felton Perry will be directed by Felton Perry and read on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:00pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.  The staged reading of this delightful musical will help kick off a series of quarterly readings of the best of Inner City Cultural Center during its day.

Artists reading will include many of the plays original artists including Hawthorne James, Art Evans, Felton Perry, Phyllis Bailey, Marvin Elkins, Vance Valencia, Wren Brown, Rosa Maria Marquez, Debra Sellers, Ted Lange, Louis Price, Leslie Bee, Maoco Elkins, and Dr. Sandi Sheffy. The one night event should be fun and a chance to reacquaint yourself with old friends, and if you recall the antics of Sleep No More, laugh until you can not stop.

Please forward this notice to your list of friends, the media, and those sensitive to the arts. We will do this every quarter this year. We want to thank Felton, Wren Brown, Gaye Hooks, and Ebony Repertory Theater, and Ernest Dillihay of the Department of Cultural Affairs for working with us to create a forum for Inner City Cultural Center.

James V. Burks, Producer

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Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

American Women in Radio and Television Announces
Keynote Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

Best-selling Author Robert Rosen and National Public Radio President & CEO Vivian Schiller

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: Edna/Damian Bruce, ESP Public Relations
Tel: 310.827.9727 ~

American Women in Radio and Television is pleased to announce keynote speakers Dr. Robert Rosen and Vivian Schiller for the Women’s Media Forum to be held March 5-6, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Washington, DC Hotel at 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Dr. Robert Rosen, Author of Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success, is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher, and business advisor to world-class companies. Dr. Rosen will deliver the opening keynote address during this year’s AWRT Women’s Media Forum at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Vivian Schiller joined National Public Radio as President and CEO on January 5, 2009. Schiller oversees all of NPR’s operations and initiatives, including the organization’s critical partnerships with 800+ member stations, and their service to the more than 26 million people who listen to NPR programming every week. She came to NPR from The New York Times Company where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of She will be delivering the keynote luncheon address at 12:15 p.m. also on Friday, March 5, 2010. During the luncheon, AWRT will also hold its Pass the Gavel Ceremony and present the AWRT Achievement Award to Chickie Bucco.

Sylvia Strobel, AWRT Interim President, commented, “We are pleased to have such high-caliber people addressing this year’s Women’s Media Forum. Having them included attests to the validity of AWRT’s mission of promoting progress and creating change for women in media.”

The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: AT&T, Katz Women’s Career Summit, Lehmann Strobel PLC, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). To add your organization to this growing list, please contact AWRT at 703-506-3290. For more information and to register for the AWRT Women’s Media Forum, go to

About AWRT: The year 2010 marks the 59th Anniversary of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWRT carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large. Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the field; foster communication and idea exchange; and give back to the community we serve.

About The Foundation of AWRT: The Foundation of AWRT is the philanthropic arm of American Women in Radio & Television, supporting educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation of AWRT has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation of AWRT.

The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently AWRT Empowering America, which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this initiative, the Foundation of AWRT has adopted needy urban middle schools around the country and provided educational donations derived from collateral based on the Empowering America program. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that awards exemplary programming created for, by and about women.

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American Women in Radio & Television
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-506-3290 ~ Fax: 703-506-3266

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How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

Christian Recording Artist, author and educator, Dr. Naima Johnston has a passion to see others achieve their God Given Dreams. After many years of being told she would never make it as singer, Dr. Johnston left her position as the Associate Director of Student Life at Wright State University to launch a recording career and a brand new ministry. After years of trials, loss and failures, Dr. Johnston discovered the keys to successfully building her life and ministry. Now traveling the country encouraging and equipping others, Dr. Johnston empowers people to live the life that they were ordained to live.

“Everyone has a dream, many people think they can’t achieve them for various reasons. But as long as you have breath and God on your side, you have still have time. You just need information and confidence. I want to share the tools that I’ve learned to assist others in obtaining Godly success.”

Dr. Johnston will be hosting a free Conference Call on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time to teach participants how to, “Go With What They Got!”

On the verge of quitting ministry due to a lack of growth Dr. Johnston discovered that if she followed the example of Gideon she would be successful. In the Bible, Judges Chapter 6, the Lord instructs Gideon to fight a battle he could not possibly win. When Gideon informs the Lord he can’t win the battle, the Lord tells him not to worry since He would in fact be going with him. Dr. Johnston now does over 100 ministry engagement a year, has self published two books and is completing the recording of her second CD.

Seminar participants will learn:  The 4 Things That Keep You From Achieving Your God Given Dream, The 9 Things That Must Be Done To Achieve Your God Given Dream and 5 Uncommon Things To Motivate Yourself!

This free Conference Call will be a powerful preparation tool for those who want to launch a new business, a ministry or get motivated to achieve a life long dream! Participants must register and spaces are limited. To register send an email to:  for more information and registration for the “Go With What You Got Conference Call on Dec. 1, 2009.

Dr. Naima Johnston is the founder and CEO of Broken Box Ministries, an innovative arts and education company. She is the author of the forthcoming training manual, “Go With What You Got!” As well as, Called To Sing, 13 Mistakes TO Avoid When Starting In Music Ministry and Dr. Nay’s Random Recovery Life Lessons. Her newest CD, “This Place” will be releasing in March 2010. For more information or interview inquires please visit

Still booking for Dec/Jan/Feb!  Would love to be of service to your church, women’s organizations, educational institution, house concerts! Email me for open dates!

Want to achieve Your Calling? Register for my free tele-semianr – How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams – shoot me an email for more info! Dec. 1, 2009 at 8pm EST!

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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Community News


What Are You Reading Now?

What are you reading?   What’s on your  “to be read list”?  Have you read a great book excerpt and want to tell others about it?  Here is the place!  Share all your book reviews and previews.  FB readers, post your book reviews and comments on the  Black Pearls Magazine thread here.

Sneak Peek Showcase
Read our selected book excerpts and tell us what you think of the stories. Here is the list of selected books. They are in our sidebar section. There are several new releases and trivia games listed as well.  Enjoy!

Reader’s Choice Showcase
Answer any one of these questions to enter our drawing for FREE Review Copies. Remember to leave a valid email address with each post.  Check back here on December 9, to see if you won!

— Name 1 book you wish you’d written.
— Name your 3 favorite male writers.
— Name your 3 favorite female writers.
— Name 1 book you read on the sly.
— Name 1 book that made you laugh or cry.
— Name 1 book that made you change something in your life.
— Name 1 book that you have read more than once.
— Tell us your Sexiest couple from a book and why.
— Tell us your 2 favorite villians and the books they were in.



Posted by on November 22, 2009 in Community News


Literary Treasure Hunt Online

Nightly BAN Radio Treasure Hunts

During Black Books Weekend we want readers to find out more about our colorful literary past. Listed below are 5 African American trivia questions. Search the web and find the answers. November 27-30, 2009, is Black Books Weekend!  Read more about the live author readings and contests here.

Answer the questions below on the Black Pearls Magazine Blog thread ONLY to collect great book gifts.
Do not post the answers on Facebook, MySpace or Yahoo Groups. Read the full details on posting your answers here.

Let the Hunt Begin….

1. Name the important African American literary scholar that left us this quote: “My desire has been to allow the black tradition to speak for itself about its nature and various functions, rather than to read it, or analyze it, in terms of literary theories borrowed whole from other traditions, appropriated from without.”

2. Who is the author of the oldest known piece of African American literature: “Bars Fight”. Although written in 1746, the poem was not published until 1855, when it was included in Josiah Holland’s “History of Western Massachusetts”? 

3. Name the abolitionist and prolific writer who wrote what is considered to be the first novel by an African American, titled Clotel or, The President’s Daughter (1853). The novel is based on what was at that time considered to be a rumor about Thomas Jefferson fathering a daughter with his slave, Sally Hemings. However, because the novel was published in England, the book is not considered the first African American novel published in the United States.

4. Who was the first African American poet to gain national prominence for such works as When Malindy Sings, Joggin’ Erlong and The Uncalled ?

5. Author ____  made an impact with his novel The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life (1929), which focused on intra-racial prejudice between lighter-skinned and darker-skinned African Americans.

Nightly Trivia Games on Black Authors Network Radio
Nov. 27-30, 2009. Listen to the live shows to join the fun!

Visit the Black Authors Network Radio Chatroom every night of the event to possibly collect new books! There will be more games and book gifts shared each night in the chatroom. Call into the live radio show to speak with the featured authors. The call in number is: 646.200.0402. The show times are listed on the main event site, as well as more details on our literary game rules. View a list of possible book gifts here.

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Posted by on November 22, 2009 in Community News


Literary Trivia Contest-Black Books Weekend

Black Books Weekend Literary Trivia Contest

November 21-30, 2009. Answer our 5 trivia questions to collect a new gift book. Please visit the Black Pearls Magazine for the full details. We have more gift books for readers and community trivia contests. Click here for the full details.

Trivia Questions for Serious Readers:

1.Who published The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult?

2.Who published My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)?

3.Who is quoted as saying, “There is no such thing as Black literature. There’s good literature and bad. And that’s all.”

4. Who is best known for his novel Invisible Man (1952), which won the National Book Award in 1953?

5. Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, was edited by ____.

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Posted by on November 22, 2009 in Community News


Meet Your Favorite Authors Sept 24-26 in DC

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Thursday, September 24th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Author Pavilion hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series & host and executive producer Literary Nation KABF FM 88.3

Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Kwame Alexander – And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems
Valencia Campbell – Advice From the Top What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success
Congressman Chaka Fattah – State of Black America 2009 Message to the President
Lloyd Price & William “Dollar-Bill” Waller – The True King of the 50’s The Lloyd Price Story
Russell Price, Jr. – Is He Your Man or is Your Head in the Sand?
Janice Bryant Howroyd – The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!
Jamal Bryant – World War Me
Calvin Mackie, PH.D. – A View From the Roof – Lessons for Life & Business
Hilda Gurley-Highgate – Sapphire’s Grave A Novel

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Aaron W. Smith – In the Black Live Faithfully, Prosper Financially
Stephanie L. Jones – The Enemy Between My Legs
Derrick Barnes – Ruby and the Booker Boys Series (Children’s Series)
Rodney M. Jackson – A Philanthropic Covenant with Black America
Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Super TJ (Children Series)
Jacquette Timmons – Financial Intimacy How to Create a Healthy Relationship With Your Money and Your Mate
Victoria Christopher Murray – The Divine Divas (Christian Fiction for Teens)
Mildred Muhammad – Sacred Silent The Mildred Muhammad Story
Dan Ouellette – Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes (Jazz Legend Ron Carter will appear for this signing)
Peggy Brooks-Bertram & Barbara Seals Nevergold – Go, Tell Michelle, African American Women Write to the New First Lady

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

The Black Writer as Cultural Activist and Gatekeeper of History hosted by Hurston Wright Foundation

Moderator: Marita Golden author of Don’t Play In The Sun: The Color Complex

Ralph Eubanks – The House at the End of the Road
Paula Giddings – Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Howard Dodson – In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Annette Gordon Reed – The Hemingses of Monticello
David Levering Lewis – W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:
Sheilah Vance – Land Mines A Novel
Veronica T. White, MSPH – How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster
T. Dweylan Wilson – Four Stars Conversations on Life Success, Leadership, Mentorship, Culture and Diversity

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Friday, September 25th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Janis F. Kearney – Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist
Gil L. Robertson IV & Sandra Jowers – Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today
Thembisa Mshaka – Put Your Dreams First Handle Your Entertainment Business
Layah Beth LeFlore – Wildflowers
Nika C. Beamon – I Didn’t Work this Hard Just to Get Married Successful Single Black Women Speak Out
Kim Collier – Kia’s Aftermath
Farai Chideya – Kiss the Sky
LaVerne Gill – African American Women in Congress Forming and Transforming History
Jeff Johnson – Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Mind Readers: Mental Health, Wellness, and Self-Help hosted by Emerging Leaders and sponsored by AstraZeneca.

Moderator: Michelle Gourdine M.D. – Reclaiming Our Health: A Step by Step Guide to African American Wellness

Cornel West – Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud — A Memoir
Terrie Williams – Black Pain It Just Looks Like We are Not Hurting
Kamau and Akilah Butler – The Love Ethic: The Reason Why You Can’t Find and Keep Beautiful Black Love
Haki Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives: Collective Poems 1966-2007
Wade Nobles – Seeking the Sakhu: Foundational Writings for an African Psychology
Pedro Noguera – The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
Bryant Terry – Vegan Soul Kitchen Fresh, Healthy and Creative African American Cuisine

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Deborah Gregory – Catwalk (Young Adult Series)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee – Renegade for Peace and Justice

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Michael Taylor – A New Conversation with Men
Trice Hickman – Keeping Secrets and Telling Lies A Novel
Lori Nelson – Hillary’s Big Business Adventure (Children’s Book)
J.D. Mason – That Devil’s no Friend of Mine (Christian Fiction)
Ivan J. Houston –Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II
Carla Douglin – The Foreclosure Workbook: Complete Guide to Understanding Foreclosure and Saving Your Home
Monda Webb – 7:33 am
Tanya Brockett – The Loan Solution Nine Steps to Community Express
Katie McCabe & Dovey Johnson Roundtree – Justice Older Than the Law The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Saturday, September 26th (Pavilion Hours 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet, Book Signings)

Raising Him Alone Empowering Single Mothers Raising Young Boys hosted by Urban Leadership Institute

Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

David Miller – Raising Him Alone Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to be Men
Cassandra Mack – The Single Mother’s Little Book of Wisdom
Sheron “Umi” Smith (Mos Def’s Mother) – Shine Your Light Life Skills Workbook
Dr. Brenda Green (Talib Kweili’s Mother) – Meditations and Ascension: Black Writers on Writing Jaquita Clayton mother of Mark Clayton Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver and
Director and co-founder of the Mom Squad a group of NFL, NBA and Entertainers mothers

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Michelle Caple Taylor – Trouble Won’t Last Always (Christian Fiction)
Kareem Moody – Raise them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids
Eureka A. Wright – Called for a Purpose (Gospel CD Signing)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion & Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Impact of the Black Writer on Today’s Culture: How Our Story is Told and Who Tells It!

Gwen Ifill – The Breakthrough: Politics and Race In the Age of Obama
Stephanie J. Jones – The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President
Charles Ogletree – Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States
Dwayne Betts – A Question of Freedom
Mary Frances Berry – And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Solomon Jones – Payback
Jesmyn Ward – Where the Line Bleeds
Booker T. Mattison – Unsigned Hype
Tiffany Warren – The Bishop’s Daughter

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion followed by a Poetry & Drum Performance!)

Teen Girls, Arts and Education hosted by Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series
Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

Jessica Care Moore – God is Not an American (poetry performance)
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall – The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls
Celia Anderson – Love, Ocean
Cora Coleman-Dunham – Gathering a Greater Understanding: The Guide for Life (drum performance)
Julianne Malveaux – Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take On the Top Ten Issues Women Face

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad – Memories
Sloane Baxter – Concrete Dreams A Collection of Poems by 7 Young Men
Bey Bright – How to Attract a R.E.A. L. Man 10 Qualities R.E.A.L. MEN Look for In a Woman
Charisse Carney-Nunes – I Am Barack Obama


Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

EDC Creations, The Sankofa Literary Society and The Black Authors Network announced the launch of their 2009-2010 “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. In 2004, during the Christmas holidays, Ella Curry, the founder of EDC Creations, reached out to women’s groups and literary organizations to help promote early literacy by giving new books to children from low income homes.

Today, the “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” seeks to expand even further! “Based on the “each one teach one,” model, our goal is to help people introduce reading and new books to their family and friends,” says CEO and founder of EDC creations, Ella Curry. “Instead of giving expensive gifts that don’t shape lives—-let’s “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations!” Please give books as gifts this holiday season. Donate books to your favorite charity or family in need. Listed below are just a few of our suggested books that would make great gifts.

Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

Purchase books by the authors on the 2009 Fall Holiday Book Tour




Hello Everyone,

As you all know thousands of people are affected by Cancer each year. This year for our Fundraising efforts D.I.V.A.S. Divine Book Club will be participating in American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” to be held at Prospect Park Bandshell October 18th 2009 11am SHARP! We are asking for your support and hope you find it in your heart to do so.


HELP BEGINS WITH YOU! Please click the link to view our page, join our team or make a donation. Cancer is something that has stricken my family several times and I am very passionate about this cause.

Thanks & God Bless,
Bernella – President of D.I.V.A.S. DIVINE

If you click on the following link you will see a tab on our page that says donate to our team.

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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in Community News


I Look To You In Stores Now!

Join us when Oprah interviews Whitney on September 14th and 15th!

I Look To You In Stores Today!
The wait is over…Whitney’s new album I Look To You is finally out today!

Grab a CD, download at iTunes…either way you gotta pick up a copy!

Check out Oprah’s latest tweet from Whitney’s taping! “In search of ceiling repairmen. Cause Whitney just BLEW THE ROOF off of Harpo. Grown men & women weeping in the aisles.” Don’t miss the most anticipated music interview of the century when Oprah interviews Whitney on September 14th and 15th!

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Posted by on September 5, 2009 in Community News



Presents Afr’Am Fest 26th Annual

September 4, 5, 6, 2009

Town Point Park, Norfolk VA

Afr’Am Fest Admission prices:
(advance tickets sales only)
$10.00 per day.
$20.00 per weekend pass
$15.00 day of the show
Children Under 10, Free with an Adult

The Literary Café will be located in the center of the park between the Main Stage and Marketplace areas.

Friday, September 4th
4:15 pm Afr’Am Fest Literary Award Nominees
4:45 pm Performance: In4Red
5:00 pm Panel Discussion: “Let’s Get ‘Fired Up!’” Feat. Wil LaVeist
5:45 pm Performance: Tiffany Smallwood

6:00 pm Afr’Am Fest Poetry Slam hosted by Nonfriction feat. Poetikk Justice, Breeze, Blakghost, Ms. Monica, “Clark”, and Shiloh . With Special performances by “Just In Case,” C4, Tootie feat. Brutha’s Keeper, and Janaf


Saturday, September 5th
10:00 am Afr’Am Fest Literary Awards Brunch
12:15 pm Performance: Venom Dance Team

12:30 pm Panel Discussion “Black Love Today” Moderated by Linda Dominique Grosvenor feat. Dwayne S. Joseph, R.A.W., LaJill Hunt, & Cheris Hodges

1:30 pm Performance: KREAM
1:45 pm Health Awareness Issues

2:30 pm Panel Discussion: “The State of Black Literature ” Moderated by Martin Pratt of Urban Literary Review feat. Mary Monroe, Wil LaVeist, Yvette Dowtin, Tina McKinney & Nakea Murray

3:45 pm Community Resource Information
4:15 pm Performance: Dance Dimensions

4:30 pm “God Ain’t Blind” 3 Chicks On Lit Style – Book Club Meeting Feat. Mary Monroe

5:30 pm Performance: Anonymous Funk


Sunday, September 6th
12:15 pm The Public Speaking Contest
1:15 pm Performance: Best Kept Secret
1:30 pm Celebration of Youth Awards

2:30 pm “What They Want: Teens & the Books They Read” Moderated by 3 Chicks On Lit feat. Area Teens and Booker T. Mattison, Gary Smith, Anthony Whyte, Moses Miller & Jonathan Queen

3:15 pm Performance: Livewire & Amerika

3:30 pm Panel Discussion: “VA On the Map” feat. LaJill Hunt, Edd McNair, Angelo Galloway

4:15 pm Panel Discussion “Triumph Over Tragedy” feat. Theressa Gonsalves, Fredric Almond, & Jonathan Queen

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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Community News


My Sistahz Keeper Needs Our Help

Black Pearls Family, the recession is striking one of our own, My Sistahz Keeper in NJ. This organization works tirelessly to help the community grow. Shirley Chisolm and her sister Kiwan Fitch are the co-founders of that organization, My Sistahz Keeper. Along with their mentor program director Norman Murph they are inspiring a difference in the lives of citizens in Newark and Jersey City.

Let’s reach out and help them succeed. Please read the email below and donate whatever you feel your heart can spare. We love our sisters and we must continue to have each other’s back! If we can pull together and give this group at least 20 donations, we could change a child’s or family’s life!

Ella Curry

Message from Audrey Bell-Kearney
Hi everybody. I got a call this morning from Shirley Chisolm who is one of the founders of My Sistahz Keeper. This organizations help so many people in the Newark and Jersey City area. I’ve seen first hand how they help people. They have a food and clothing pantry. On the third Saturday of the month they serve hot food to the homeless. They help battered women and teenage girls and so many others. This is just a wonderful organization. You don’t have to take my word for it take a look at their web site and you can see video of how they are helping people. A lot of times it is hard to ask for help, so when Shirley called me to ask my advice because the organization is in trouble. I told her just to ask for help. So she did. Please read her email below and if you can help in any way I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated. Also feel free to pass this email to your friends who may able to help My Sistahz Keeper.

Audrey Bell-Kearney
Sister Inc.
Shining The Spotlight On Women In Business


Dear Friends/Supporters,

I come to you in urgent need of your support and help. As most of you know My Sistahz Keeper Association currently is a not funded agency. Our Executive Director, Kiwan Fitch runs the agency solely thru our fundraising efforts, the generosity of others and one small paid contract. As of today we are in desparate need to keep our doors open. Without your help our doors my be shut as of September 1st and it would be a great disservice to the public should this happen. The agency is doing great work helping the citizens in Essex and Hudson County.

It is at this point that humbly ask you for a donation of ANY size to help us remain in our Newark Office. Whether it’s $5, $10 or $20 anything that you can give to support us would be greatly appreciated. We can also provide for you a donation receipts as we are a tax exempt agency. ALSO….please forward this email to anyone whom you feel may support this agency.

To Make a Donation please follow the link to our website and click on the Make A Donation button at the bottom of the page.


Ms. S. Chisolm
Founder, My Sistahz Keeper Association

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Community News


Great event: The Black Book Coalition

Ella Curry and friends enjoying The Black Book Coalition event.

Founders of The Black Book Coalition

I recently attended a spectacular event hosted by the Black Book Coalition. Several authors, publicist, and literary vendors met to network and share resources. This was one of the best networking events that I have attended this year! Great Food. Stimulating Conversation. Power Connections! The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC and The Hurston/Wright Foundation to achieve success and value for our literary community through the use of their combined talents and expertise.

We opened the event by paying tribute to author E. Lynn Harris. Yao Glover, founder of literary giant Karibu Book Stores, was given a photo album documenting the 14 years of operation by the Black Book Coalition founders. Publisher Jessica Tilles was instrumental in making new authors feel welcomed and appreciated. Lee and Charlotte were the perfect hostesses.

Literary icon Marita Golden was supporting the authors with her years of wisdom. I had the pleasure to mingle with avid reader Jackie, Judine Slaughter founder of the United Black Writers Association, Gary A. Johnson owner of the Black Men in America organization, literary agent Audra Barrett, Russell Price Jr. owner of Be There Magazine, life balance expert Takeyah A. Young and many owner fabulous business owners and authors were there to round out the exceptional evening.

The owners of MahoganyBooks, Ramunda and Derrick A. Young, brought about such elegant flair, that I didn’t want the night to end! The launch party for the Black Book Coalition with attendees ranging from New York Times Best Selling authors, area publicists, independent publishers and more, will greatly increase the unity between the avid readers, new leaders and the literary elite in the DMV.

Become part of the movement to unify the DC Black Book Community by visiting MahoganyBooks for more information here.

About the Founders:

** MahoganyBooks – created by an enterprising husband and wife duo in the Washington DC area, MahoganyBooks is positioned to become the premier online destination for all books relevant to the African Diaspora. Coupling a dynamic social networking community, robust inventory selection, easy to use website and provocative literary content, MahoganyBooks is the ideal online bookstore dedicated to “Books, Community, Words & You.”

** The Renaissance Group, LLC – comprised of Lee McDonald (former Karibu Marketing Director) and Charlotte Reid (CEO/Founder of Intimate Interiors) is a strategic marketing and event management firm. With over 30 years of outstanding professional event development and implementation experience, TRG specializes in communications, brand development, public relations and community outreach.

** Hurston/Wright Foundation – is the nation’s resource center for writers, readers, and supporters of Black literature. The only organization of its kind that provides culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers at every stage of their development.

For more information: contact MahoganyBooks at
Derrick A. Young, CEO MahoganyBooks
Tel: 703.730.3873
Fax: 888.573.3987

Books, Community, Words & You

Build a Better Book Blog Event

Christian Fiction Blog ( ) is
five years old now and will begin kindergarten next month. In
celebration of her first school year we are inviting you to come to
class with us.

CFB’s 30 Days to Build a Better Book Blog Event begins September 1, 2009.

I will teach you:

* How to set up your blog
* Where to find free blog templates that makes your blog look more
* Why RSS Feeds and burning your blog is important
* What is SEO and tips to get your Blog SEO optimized
* Different types of blogs and the blog readers who read them
* Blog Content Basics
* Scheduling
* Microblogging using Twitter and Utterli
* The Power of Video
* A listing of publishing houses seeking book bloggers
* Other sources for free books to review
* How to write an online book review
* How to become an Amazon Affiliate
* How to become an affiliate for the major bookstore chains
* How to become a Christian Fiction Blog Affiliate(yeah, that’s new)
* Blog Tour Creation and Membership
* Podcasting and BlogTalk Radio
* Why Pretty Blogs Get More Readers
* Bookmarking your Blog with Digg, Mahalo and three other good ones
* Cracking Technorati
* Membership Blog Hosting
* How to translate Facebook Followers into Blog Readers
* Forums and Community Building
* Troubleshooting your Blog
* How to write a post in 10 minutes or less
* Why authors should make their blogs their online hub
* Chatting on your Blog
* 10 Big Mistakes Book Bloggers Make
* How to Monetize your Blog
* Bookish Social Media Sites and How to Leverage your Blog through them
* and more and more and more…

The Details and Goal
Each day I will give you an assignment and you come back to the blog
and post your homework for other members in the community to see and
comment. 30 Days will also have a forum at Christian Fiction Network
and our Facebook Fan Page Profile for you to participate and get to
meet other members of this 30 Day Event. I will kick off this event by
hosting an Atlanta tweetup here to meet some of you guys before we
begin and then meet more of you who are women bloggers this October at
Blogalicious Weekend(please register before next month.)

For authors, agents, publicists and publishing houses that blog you
need to get to the Blogalicious Conference to meet professional
bloggers who are women of color. If your target audience is women of
color, then these are the women you need to begin building a
relationship with. If you are a new blogger and you want to learn how
to monetize or leverage your blog or meet me, then come one meet me

Now, here is how you participate….

To ensure that you are committed and to help hold you accountable for
participating I need you to complete four tasks:

1. Email me at deegospelpr at gmail dot com with:
* your name
* email address
* twitter handle
* facebook profile url
* blog url
* blogtalkradio account url if you have one
* utterli account url if you have one
* book genre(s) you blog about
* books you would like to read

2. Blog about this event on your blog or send a Tweet about this event
on Twitter

3. Place the link to this event in your Facebook Profile with the
words I’m building in 30 Days.

4. Finally join our Facebook Fan Page.

I will set you up and tell you the next step to begin.
When you give me this information I will not share it with anyone or spam
you with a lot of junk or subscribe you to Christian Fiction Blog. It’s purpose
is solely to communicate with you and give your your daily homework
and lession. I will also partner you up with a book blogger in this
community. If you refer a friend to this free event, I will send you a
free treat.

If you have any questions, contact me at deegospelpr at gmail dot com
or tweet me @deegospel.


Dee Stewart

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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in Community News


Lutishia Lovely’s Contest

Will You Do Me A Favor?
Help Support Black Book Stores & Make Heaven Right Here a Bestseller!

On Tuesday, July 27-August31, 2009, you can help our community and hoist Heaven to bestseller status by entering for your to chance to win the entire autographed Hallelujah Love Series & $50 cash! How? In 3 simple steps:

1) Click on one of the Black Bookstore links below,
2) Put Heaven Right Here in their search engine & purchase your copy,
3) Forward a copy of your email confirmation to:

Participating Book Stores for the HRH Contest!
:: Precious Memories Bookstores (VA):
:: Mocha Readers (OH):
:: Pyramid Books (FL):
:: Kana CDs & Books (OH):
:: Jokae’s Books (TX): 800.749.7725 (yes, call, Til will take your order and forward me your information!)

If you’re in the following areas, you can purchase in person, but due to demand, it may have to be ordered! (Receipts can be mailed; visit my website for address)

:: EsoWon Books ( Los Angeles ): 4311 Degnan Blvd. , 323-290-1048
:: Da Book Joint, (Chicago): 9527 S. Jeffery, 773-978-3555

(Note: Orders MUST be placed between Tuesday, July 27th – August 31, 2009 to be eligible to win. So mark your calendar, place your order, and get ready to win the ENTIRE autographed series & cold, hard cash!!!)

Head on over to my website and read an excerpt now: Follow me on Twitter: Enjoy!

Order Heaven Right Here by Lutishia Lovely
ISBN: 0758229437
ISBN-13: 9780758229434
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: August 2009

Praise for Heaven Right Here
When it comes to being fruitful and multiplying, the members of Kingdom Citizens Christian Center are on it—and no one tells their sexy, scandalous stories like Lutishia Lovely…
4 ½ stars…Fantastic! — Romantic Times on Heaven Right Here
Literary Hallmark & Legends 2009 Award — Black Pearls Magazine on Heaven Right Here
Celebrating Heaven Right Here and the re-release of Sex In The Sanctuary! You won’t want to miss this party! Tons of prizes given away!

Heaven Right Here Synopsis
When Stacy Gray meets friends for lunch, the last thing she expects to be served is legal papers suing her for custody of her son, Darius Jr. As far as Stacy’s concerned, when Darius Sr. chose to be with his male lover, he lost his chance at fatherhood. But when an unexpected crisis strikes, and an obsessed fan threatens more than Darius’s music career, the battling parents may have to grow up…

Cy and Hope Taylor are struggling to conceive, so when Hope sees her former nemesis, Millicent, talking on television about life as a wife and new mother, jealousy rears its ugly head. Then Cy rekindles his friendship with Millicent and needless to say, Hope is definitely more peeved than pleased. As baby mama drama shakes up the saints, everyone better pray for mercy…

“The scintillating brew of sex, faith and sharp humor will have Lovely’s fans breathless for more.” —Publishers Weekly on A Preacher’s Passion

“Lutishia Lovely brought Passion to church and set it on fire!!!”
—Pat G’Orge-Walker, Essence bestselling on A Preacher’s Passion

“Filled with drama, consequences, double-standards and plenty of life lessons to go around.”
—Naleighna Kai, author of She Touched My Soul on A Preacher’s Passion


EDC Book Club Partners

Congratulations New Book Club Partners!
I am proud to announce the creation of 9 new book clubs in the EDC Creations network. I had the pleasure of setting up all 9 bookclubs with private blog websites, newsletters, email accounts and gave them their first suggested reading material. This was such an awesome project! The readers range from age 19-77!

Each bookclub was given a “Book club to Go Bag”, filled with books, bookmarks, promotional material, EDC Creations hat, EDC Creations Catalog, and Godiva Chocolates. Each bookclub was given a folder with all kinds of suggestions for rules, setting up meetings and how to select the book of the month. EDC Creations has a book club reading room, created for all book clubs to find new books to explore.

Here are the names of our new book club partners:

1. MLK Blvd Readers from Atlanta, GA (27 male and female readers; no Urban Lit)

2. SapphoAngel Sisters from Hattisburg, MS (reading only Erotica and Urban Lit)

3. Garrett Swain Legacy from Annison, AL (reading only Faith based books)

4. 7th Ward Reviewers from New Orleans, LA (42 women and 3 groups;largest of the 17 Wards of New Orleans)

5. Delta Divas Wine and Books from Tuskegee, AL (hosting formal gatherings every 3 months; no online meetings)

6. Mocha Sister Runners from Jackson, MS (exercise club of plus sized sisters; prefers Romance novels)

7. SCLCC Reader’s Group from Marietta, GA (all over 40; no Erotica; no poetry)

8. Mt. Moriah Reading Rainbow from Clanton, AL (only reaing Black Authors; no Urban Lit)

9. Daughters of Toni and Maya from Houston, TX (9 teen readers; 14 adult readers; Faith based books)

All 9 bookclubs and 5 groups would like to have reading conference calls with authors. If you are interested in contacting any of these groups to review your books, email Ella Curry at: with a pdf of your first chapter EXCERPT and your professional email coverletter. I am the sole public relations person for these groups and they will select all reading material from EDC Creations magazine, radio show and personal newsletters. Each group will be given a choice of 3 books to read each month. They will discuss the books on their private blogs as well as monthly conference calls with me. I will pull the best of their blog post out and put them in Black Pearls!

Enjoy and tell at least 10 people about this wonderful list of leaders!

Ella Curry, founder of the Sankofa Literary Society
EDC Creations Website:
Email me at:


Sankofa Literary Watch 09

Sankofa Literary Watch Summer 2009

The Sankofa Literary Society Review is focused on the issues and lifestyles that define the avid American Reader — what they read, what they want out of their careers, how they connect to each other, what motivates them and how they feel about the community as a whole.

Many have stated that “there is no African American village…it’s dead,” we don’t feel that way. The Village is here, the village in now! Expand your horizons!
Join us today to add your voice and experiences to our union. While showcasing our heritage, our experiences and delivering our voice–we remain anchored to the spiritual, emotional and practical realities of our entire global community, supporting all races. We are not limited solely to AA authors; we hope to educate our readers by offering a variety of literature and resources. We are offering you the best in literature period, from our perspective. Come on in and join this movement to Give the Gift of Knowledge!

Listed below are some of the best community forums, blogs and websites representing the literary world and the arts. Please take your time and expand your reading territory by saluting the literary greats and leaders listed below. This list is not in any certain order of importance, all the sites listed below are 5 stars! If you are on the list below, please tell us your latest news. Make sure you tell any of your friends if they are listed too. We will post new lists every 3 months.

Best New Book Covers
01. The Birthday Storm (Sassy) by Sharon Draper
02. The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
03. In the Land of Cotton by Martha Taylor
04. America I AM Legends by Smiley Books
05. Prize of a Lifetime by Donna Hill
06. Snapped: A Novel by Tracy Brown
07. Another Memory by Pamela Ridley
08. Too Much of a Good Thing Ain’t Bad by Clarence Nero
09. Kissing The Man Next Door by Devon Vaughn Archer
10. Hideaway (Jammed Up) by Stirling Noh

Books to Watch
01. Raising African American Girls by Linda Ellis Eastman
02. Junebug by Alice Mead
03. November Blues by Sharon M. Draper
04. Coming Across Jordan by Mabel Elizabeth Singletary
05. Naughty 2 by Brenda Hampton
06. Holy Seduction by Jessica A. Robinson
07. Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed by Pat G’Orge-Walker
08. A New Kind of Bliss by Bettye Griffin
09. Lovers & Liars by Teri Denine
10. Unsigned Hype: A Novel by Booker T. Mattison

Authors You Should Know

01. Anthony Asadullah Samad
02. Bernice L. McFadden
03. Candice Poarch
04. Angela Nissel
05. Angie L. Jennings
06. Nikki Jenkins
07. Christine Pembleton
08. Jacquelin Thomas
09. Sherri Lewis
10. Hank Stewart
11. Rochelle Alers
12. Rachel Kramer Bussel
13. Marie Mutsuki Mockett
14. K’wan
15. Gail McFarland
16. Stacey Covington-Lee
17. Diane Martin
18. Lisa G. Riley
19. Valerie Joyner
20. Bette Ford

Best Author Websites
01. James McBride
02. Miasha
03. Hank Stewart
04. Noel Jones
05. Tomi Akinyanmi
06. Lamar Ariel
07. Omarosa
08. Wahida Clark
09. Donna Hill Fanclub
10. Pamela Samuels Young

Best Social Networks
01. Sistah Faith
04. The GOOD GIRL Book Club™
05. ISeeColor
06. Essence Community
07. Tyra Banks Community
08. Shepreneur
09. Black History 365 Network
10. Real Urban Fans

Best Amazon Reviewers and Listmania Creators
01. Sistagirl
03. Sistahs on the Shelf
04. ABookGroupie
05. Cydney Rax
06. PrinceLuva
07. Urban Fiction Queen
08. RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
09. Yasmin Coleman
10. OOSA Online Book Club
*** Note: EDC Creations CEO Listmanias

Top EDC Creations Networks
Sankofa Literary Society Bookclub
01. EDC Creations Billboard
02. Black Authors Network
03. EDC Creations Sunday News
04. Ella at Twitter
05. Ella at BlackPlanet
06. Black Authors on Facebook
07. SLS Bookclub Center
08. EDC Creations Bookstore
09. Ella at Myspace
10. Ella at LinkedIn

Literary Blogs to Watch
01. The Crime Sistahs
02. The Book Slut
03. Black Book Blog
04. Tayari’s Blog
05. Profiles in Black (BAN)
06. The Lo Zone
07. Cortney Gee
08. Chocolate City Blog
09. Black Voices Blogs
10. Kaye’s Book Blog

Bookclubs and Reader’s Groups to Watch
01. African American Book Clubs
02. Divas Inc.
03. OOSA Online Book Club
04. DrumBeats Book Club
06. Forbidden Fruit Book Club
07. Books of Soul
08. Books And Beignets
09. Sankofa Literary Review
10. Sistahs on the Shelf

Best Online Magazines
02. Black Singles Magazine
03. Black Pearls Magazine
04. Faithwebbin Online Magazine
05. Affair de Coeur Magazine
06. Emerging Minds, Inc
07. Black Wealth and Fortune Magazine
08. Words without Borders
09. Faith Filled Stilettos
10. Chocolate Singles Magazine
***Note: EDC Literary Magazine

Best MySpace, Twitter and Facebook Sites
01. Azarel and Life Changing Books
02. LifeCoach2Women
03. Joey Pinkney
04. Sassy Stilettos
05. Tweet Bookclub
06. FB African American Books
07. FB African American Authors
08. FB African American Fiction
09. Peace In Pages
10. Dynah Zale

Best Community, Family or Literary Forum
01. Raising Him Alone
02. Commute Reading Co-ed Book Club
03. Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
04. FB African American History
05. Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation
06. Open Society Institute
07. A New Conversation with Men
08. Daughter, Sister, Friend
09. ESpiritE Radio Broadcasters Network
10. Kenneth E. Pollock

Best Literary Resource Site
01. Publishers Marketplace
02. Hurston/Wright Foundation
03. Urban Reviews
04. Romance in Color
05. Black Writers On Tour
07. Book Reporter
08. Reader to Reader
09. Black Writers On Tour

Enjoy and tell at least 10 people about this wonderful list of leaders!

Ella Curry, founder of the Sankofa Literary Society
EDC Creations Website:
Email me at:


Monique Miles Bruner wins Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America

To My Dear Author Friends,

I won Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America on May 2, 2009. As a result, I will participate in the National Miss Plus America Pageant July 6-11, 2009 in Monroe, Louisiana. I come to you requesting sponsorship in this pageant. My total entry fee and expenses are $3,500 of which any generous contribution would be greatly appreciated. Your support will be recognized in the official program book on my delegates’ page and on my blog – for an entire year. This great offer will expire on June 15, 2009.

The Miss Plus America Pageant is committed to excellence in pageantry. Holding the crown provides full-figured woman the opportunity to share and promote those community causes closest to her heart with a pageant title worthy of her representation. With the title of Mrs. Plus America, I will represent through my platform the importance of civic engagement and service to the community. I personally have a special place in my heart for getting Americans involved in the community and connecting them with services they need. If we step up to the challenge that President Obama has given and get involved in what our communities, we will see change. I truly believe that to whom much is given much is required. I pray that you support my quest in helping others help themselves.

You can make your generous donation to Monique Miles Bruner. All donations can be paid via paypal by clicking the donation button on my blog or sent via money order/check to: Monique Miles Bruner, PO Box 13204, Oklahoma City, OK 73113. I look forward to winning the National title and representing you and Oklahoma well.

Thank you for your consideration,

Monique Miles Bruner (Deltareviewer)
Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America 2009

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
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Tallahassee Authors Network Ning

Tallahassee Authors Network Ning

If you’re a published or unpublished writer, poet, editor, illustrator, or book reviewer in the Tallahassee area, you’re invited to join the FREE online social networking group for Tallahassee authors.

You can learn about writing contests, editing techniques, publishing trends, writing styles, book reviews, literary events, marketing strategies, post blogs, read blogs posted by other writers, and more. For additional details, please visit:

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
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Hello Everyone!
Well….she’s back! Lady Jasmine is in stores now! And she’s trying to hide the biggest secret of her life. Read the prologue at http://www.victoriachristophermurray/ to find out her secret!

Check out if I’m coming to your city (see below!) and if not, maybe I can visit your book club.

As you know, first week sales are the most important to an author, so I appreciate your support and passing the word.

I cannot wait to hear what you think of Lady Jasmine!

Thank you so, so, so, so much!


Book Club Contest
This contest is for book clubs in the continental United States with seven or more members. (Don’t have seven members in your book club? Call up a few friends for the occasion!)

What is Skype?: Skype is a program that uses the internet to make video-calls to chat. With Skype you can call any other Skype user in the world connected to the internet, landlines and mobile phones. To start, you only need to download the free software from, and follow the simple instructions to install. There are no activation costs. Best of all you’ll be able to see Victoria Christopher Murray from your location in real time!

To enter:
Purchase copies of Lady Jasmine for all members of the book club between Tuesday, June 2nd and Tuesday, June 30th. Purchases of Lady Jasmine can either be all on one receipt or separate receipts; HOWEVER, if purchased separately, all receipts from the book club must be submitted in one envelope by one person with the entry form. Only original recei pts will be accepted, date of purchase must be clearly shown on receipts, and all entries must be postmarked by July 1st. Only purchases of Lady Jasmine are eligible for this contest.

All book clubs are winners: With proof of eligibility, Essence magazine bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray will visit each book club via Skype to discuss Lady Jasmine! So wherever you are, Victoria will attend your meeting to discuss the latest antics of Jasmine Cox Larson Bush!

Grand Prize: For the winning book club (which will be randomly drawn on July 15th) Victoria will fly into your city to attend your book club meeting in person! (The date and time will be determined once book club is selected.)

For further information and entry form, visit

The tour begins…


Sunday, June 7th
Joseph-Beth Booksellers/Legacy Village
24519 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst , OH 44124 2:00 PM – 3:30

Monday, June 8th
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Homewood Branch
7101 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
*Signing – hosted by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 9th
Barnes & Noble
4600 Commonwealth Pkwy
Richmond , VA 23112 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, June 10th

Barnes & Noble
3450 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta , GA 30909 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 11th
Borders Books & Music
1302 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee , FL 32301 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday, June 12th

Shower Center Library
4600 Blue Spring Road , Auditorium
Huntsville , AL 35810 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
*Signing, hosted by Sister2Sister Brother2Brother
African American Authors Book Club.

Saturday, June 13th

Borders Books & Music
6685 Poplar Avenue
Germantown , TN 38138 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sunday, June 14th

Savvy Book Club
Willie Morris Library 4912 Old Canton Road , Conference Rm.
Jackson , MS 39211 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Monday, June 15th

10741 West Florisant
Ferguson , MO 63136 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, June 16th

6709 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raytown , MO 64133 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 17th

Waldenbooks/CitiCorp Center 500 West Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60661 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Wednesday, June 17th

Rockford Public Library Montague Branch @
1238 Winnebago Street
Rockford , IL 61102 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 18th

Barnes & Noble 2500 N. Mayfair Rd , Suite 196
Wauwatosa , WI 53226 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Washington D.C./Maryland
Tuesday, JULY 21st

Borders Books and Music
931 Capital Centre Blvd.
Largo, MD. 20774 7:30 PM – 9:00PM

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Dear Book Lover,

New York Times bestselling author Connie Briscoe is back with her much anticipated sequel, SISTERS & HUSBANDS.

USA Today featured Connie in their summer books round-up in May.

AOL Black Voices proclaims a hit!

In her ’94 fiction debut, Briscoe introduced the world to literature’s savviest and sweetest sisters. Each was the quintessential modern woman—beautiful, smart, loaded with energy and sass, and woefully beset with man trouble. Set a decade later, SISTERS & HUSBANDS still finds the women fascinating: Baby girl Beverly has continued on her marriage-phobic way. But now she’s 39 and has snagged Julian, a brilliant, gorgeous man who is actually dependable and trustworthy. Yet the sister’s got issues; she’s plagued with doubts.

Will this skittish young lady’s third engagement be the charmed one that actually gets her down the aisle?

Connie Briscoe has been a full-time published author for more than ten years. Suffering from hearing loss since birth, Connie never allowed that to stop her from pursuing her dreams…writing. Briscoe stormed onto the literary scene in 1994 with Sisters & Lovers, selling over 700,000 copies. The book eventually became the basis for a television miniseries. Since she left the world of editing to become a writer, Connie’s work has appeared on the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Briscoe lives in the Maryland area.

Connie is touring this week and next. Stop by and visit if you can! See her schedule below.


Linda A. DugginsDirector, Multicultural PublicityHachette Book

Summer Tour 2009
Connie Briscoe

· Friday, June 5, 2009
Barnes & Noble #2831
4300 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

· Saturday, June 6, 2009
Borders #542
931 Capital Centre Blvd.
Largo, MD 20774
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

· Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hue Man Bookstore & Café
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
6:00 pm

· Thursday, June 11, 2009

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

· Friday, June 12, 2009

Borders Express #0791
The Gallery at Market East
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

· Saturday, June 13, 2009
Barnes & Noble Camp Creek
AKA Sorority Benefit
3685 Marketplace Blvd.
East Point, GA 30344
4:00 pm

· Sunday, June 14, 2009
Written Magazine
Thirty Books in Ninety Days
Hammond House Galleries
503 Peeples Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm

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Mom Writes Book to Help Change the Direction Of Cancer

Mom Writes Book to Help Change the Direction Of Cancer

Author, Lacha’ J. Mitchell featured in the new anthology, Never Would Have Made It


(LOS ANGELES, CA,) — eMediaCampaigns!– JUN 18, 2009 — Can inspiration change the direction of cancer? Some might scoff, but author, Lacha’ J. Mitchell knows better. Often referred to as a “cancer survivor,” Lacha’ J. Mitchell is in truth, a cancer thriver. That’s because there’s no stopping her. After battling and winning a 5-year bout with cancer, she is making an indelible mark to encourage and enlighten others on the subject with the written and spoken word.

Readers will find Mitchell’s journey particularly inspiring. After being diagnosed at 32 years-old with stage I Invasive Carcinoma, she went through the grueling, painful, and long suffering treatments most cancer patients do. However, while being treated she faced a terrifying and unexpected obstacle. Her then, 10-year old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in lymphatic tissue.

Today, Lacha’ Mitchell is making waves as a inspirational speaker and contributing author of the soon-to-be-bestseller, Never Would Have Made It: A Testimony of What God Has Done In My Life (Tranquil Moments, 2009). Her powerful testimony is entitled, Restoration. It chronicles how faith and a partnership with God lead to a mother daughter beating cancer. Never Would Have Made It is available for purchase at Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at

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REPORTER: Fran Briggs

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The three divas glimpsed in The Last Prejudice find support in one another during the ups and downs of their juicy romances and chaotic lives. Noreen Klein is more than comfortable with smooth curves a size 24 frame enables. She never allows anyone to be her priority if she is only their option. Dahlia Hunt was married to a man with a fetish for abuse.

The gilded lenses she viewed him through are shattered, along with her self-esteem. She is left with a raging thirst for dominance. Kat Davis wrestles with releasing herself from a self-imposed emotional prison to embrace the love she deserves. Follow these three women as they fulfill their insatiable sexual appetites. They learn to be content with life, and most importantly content with themselves; to get in where they fit in – wherever that happens to be. He is also the author of Harlem’s Dragon, The Street Sweeper and Playing in the Dark.

View the author’s website for excerpts and more details.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Quality Inn at Andrews Air Force Base; 4783 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Maryland 20746

Cost: $30.00 (includes meal and copy of The Last Prejudice) Deadline is May 14th.

To make payments via PayPal, send payment to:
To make payments via certified check or money order, mail payments to:

Sweet Soul Sisters
P.O. Box 1728
Beltsville, MD 20704

For additional information, contact us at

Meet the Author
David Rivera Jr., has been writing short stories for his own entertainment since high school. He has been inspired by the writings of the contemporary black male writers that have emerged in the past few years.

His first book, Harlem’s Dragon, has been met with great enthusiasm by other writers – most notably by Zane, as well as literary critics. In a recent interview, David admitted that the sex scenes depicted in his writings are taken from some of his personal experiences and enhanced for the entertainment of his readers. He enjoys the erotic writing of Anne Rice and hopes to master a full spectrum of writing genres just as she has. As a man of color, David has taken on the task of showing African American men in a more positive light in his writing. He believes that every Black Man has the responsibility of contributing something of worth to his community. The proof that he is doing his share becomes apparent in his writing.

David, the youngest of three siblings, was born in the old Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx on January 14, 1965. He grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Norman Thomas High School located in midtown Manhattan in 1982. David has lived in Harlem for the past 20 years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters of Science degree in Public Administration.


Black Book Clubs Rock Awards June 20, 2009

It’s about to go down at the first annual Black Book Clubs Rock Awards June 20, 2009 in Largo, MD, just minutes away from D.C. With over 100 confirmed guests, this literary event promises to be one you don’t want to miss.

Featured presenters and special guests include Trice Hickman, Nikkea Smithers, Angel Mechelle, Linda Pate, Kayona Ebony Brown, Marita Teague, Ella Curry, Tee C. Royal , Go On Girl Book Club, and many more…

Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? No problem!
We’ve secured the entire venue. Registration ends May 15th so get your tickets today.
Visit or contact

Just can’t make it to the event?
Are you an author that can’t make the event, but want to let us know why Black Book Clubs Rock? It’s easy. Call 641-715-3900 ext. 76644# and leave a message and it could be featured at the award show.

Follow these instructions:

1. Call the number 641- 715-3900 ext. 76644#

2. Introduce yourself and title of most recent book. (Please keep this limited. It’s about the book clubs and you will be able to tell us more about yourself at the end of the message.

3. Tell us how book clubs have helped the community and you as an author? What was your most memorable experience? How have they supported you. Make it personal.

4. Tell us your contact information and maybe any contest or promotions you want to run exclusively for our guests.

Please limit message to 3 minutes. Only a limited number of messages will be selected. Thanks for your participation.

Get a good look at the BBCRA’s!Send us your books and promotional items you want featured at the event. For more information contact:

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Par for the Curse Blog Tour – May 25-29, 2009

May 25 – Black Author Network (8-10 pm EST)
Join the Celebration!
by calling into the radio show and telling us your reviews of the book: 646-200-0402

Literary Leaders Spotlight for May 2009

Vist the Black Pearls Magazine to read all the interviews and to meet great authors and poets too! Enter here for those rare and elegant Black Pearls.

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The SISTAHS Ministry Video Showcase

About The SISTAHS Ministry International
The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry began in August, 2006 in Michigan and now has six other State Chapters (Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) , as well as International Chapters in Nigeria and Italy. The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry is a women’s ministry whose main objective is uplift God through encouraging and edifying sisters to move forward in the blessings of the Lord.

The Ministry seeks to combine the gifts and talents given to women and teen girls of God (through the written Word, journalistic gifting, businesses and fellow ministries) in the upbuilding of God’s Kingdom and be a viable Christian women’s resource when one can find food for the soul, hope in the difficult times, and network to support the ministries of other women of God. As of October, 2008 the enlightening force of God’s Word through The SISTAHS Ministry stretched internationally into Torino, Italy and Nigeria, Africa.


Click on the link and upload your videos on our new website link:

EDC Creations Promotional Video

Enter the SISTAHS Social Network
Click Here

Peep the Blog entry entitled:
“Meet Patricia A. Bridewell author of Reflections of a Quiet Storm”

Peep the Blog entry entitled:
“Black Pearls Business Book: Let Go of Worry and Grow in Confidence”

Peep the Blog entry entitled:
“Black Pearls History: Freedom By Any Means by Betty Deramus “

Peep the Blog entry entitled:
“Custom Church Miss You Postcards”

Peep the Blog entry entitled:
“Exorcising the Writer’s Block Demon”

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Expressions Book Club Literary Event, Maryland

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am Jennifer Robinson and I am the President of Expressions Book Club. Established in 2006, we are a group of seven ladies of various ages raging from late 20’s to mid 50’s.

We would like to take a moment to share some information with your book club in reference to a wonderful literary event that we are hosting on May 9th, 2009 in Maryland.

If you think that you and or members of your club would be interested in attending please contact me soon through email Tickets for this event are selling quickly.

Tickets are $20 to attend the day event only, which consist of book signings, and panel discussions… or $50 to attend both the day portion as well as a dinner banquet with our stars (the authors) at 7:30pm EST.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Jennifer Robinson, President Expressions Book Club




Urban Reviews is holding its first annual GREAT MIDWEST BOOK FEST on July 25, 2009 from 1- 4pm in Milwaukee, WI. There will be a total of 8 to 10 African American authors selling their books in a book fair setting. This event will be free and open to the public. Our Main Attraction authors include Earl Sewell, Tina Brooks McKinney, Bettye Griffin, and Michelle Larks. The other 4 to 6 authors will be local authors that have yet to be determined.

There are a few different ways that you can be a sponsor for this event. They include one or more of the following:

1) PLATINUM SPONSOR: Advertising in the Souvenir Ad Journal – $25 Text Ad, $35 Quarter Page, $50 Half Page, $100 Full Page Ad – We will forward a copy of the 8.5″ x 5.5″ souvenir ad journal for your records and we will also include you on the SPECIAL THANKS page in our souvenir ad journal as a Platinum Sponsor. We accept Paypal (preferred payment mode), check, or money order for payment. (Limited spots available, so send an email to the address below and inquire today. All ads must be 300dpi in quality. We ask that you provide the ad graphic to be used, but we will be more than happy to assist in creating the ad as time permits)

2) GOLD SPONSOR: Books for FREE SWAG Bag – 100 SWAG Bags will be given to those who make a book purchase at the event. Donate 5+ books for the SWAG bag and we will include you on the SPECIAL THANKS page in our souvenir ad journal as a Gold Sponsor.

3) SILVER SPONSOR: Monetary donation of $5-$20 to the event costs, donation of any promotional items (pens, bookmarks, t-shirts, postcards, etc), or 1-4 books for the SWAG Bags and we will include you on the SPECIAL THANKS page in our souvenir ad journal as a Silver Sponsor.

If you are sending books or promotional items, please email us back with what you plan to send, and we will put you down as a tentative event sponsor and forward our mailing address to send the materials. Once we receive the materials, we will confirm that it has arrived and secure your name as a definitive sponsor.

We have limited space for advertising, so if you are interested in getting a spot in the souvenir ad journal, please let us know right away. We cannot reserve any spots without payment. Again, all advertising must be done in 300 dpi for the best quality. We will be ordering 250 souvenir ad journals.

If you would like to become a Platinum, Gold, or Silver sponsor or if you have any questions, please contact us at and we will get back to you right away. This will be the first of many literary events that we plan to hold for the Milwaukee area in the years to come. We hope that you can support the Great Midwest Book Fest in anyway that you can.

Radiah of Urban Reviews

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The Ministry of Motherhood CONTEST

Cheryl Lacey Donovan’s
The Ministry of Motherhood CONTEST


Be among the first to pre-order your copy of The Ministry of Motherhood and you could win a Mother’s Day Out Spa Date with Cheryl Lacey Donovan.

This contest is open to mothers of all ages. To enter, all you need to do is pre-order your copy of The Ministry of Motherhood by visiting www.peaceinthestormpublishing. com. All books must be purchased between April 15, 2009 and April 30, 2009.

[Read More Details Here on Contest]

Cheryl will be traveling to the city where the winner resides and will be taking the lucky lady for lunch and a luxurious spa treatment! Additionally, she’ll be selecting (5) runners-up who will receive a spa treatment gift card.

**Official contests details at

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